Job Title: Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-12Job Announcement Number: LV-R9-MP-2014-0007
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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/ Per Year
Monday, January 13, 2014 to
Friday, May 16, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
WHO MAY APPLY:
-Current federal employees with competitive status; reinstatement eligibles; and candidates applying under the EPA Career Transition Assistance Program or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program.
-Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed services under honorable conditions after 3-years or more of continuous active service.
-Applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment.
-Public Health Service Officers.
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About the Agency
Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA.
This position is located in Region 9 Office of the Regional Administrator, Public Affairs Office, Press and Congressional Affairs Office, San Francisco, CA. For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-9-pacific-southwest
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
- You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
- Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
- You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
DUTIES:Back to top
You will: Serve as a press officer in the Office of Public Affairs to disseminate written and spoken information in both English and Spanish about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, policies and regulatory and enforcement actions.
Develop approaches for creating and posting feature stories, announcements, reports etc.., of agency policies, programs and events using social media tools and the web.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with media representatives and specialized groups, including Spanish-speaking media and groups, to communicate new initiatives/activities that directly influence public knowledge and understanding of EPA policies and programs.
Provide advice to senior managers on participation in interviews and recommends specific topics or initiatives.
Evaluate impact and effectiveness of communication plans; and advises senior managers if efforts should be discontinued, emphasis changed, or changed expanded to further EPA goals.
Serves as advisor for evaluating communication channels and tools used to disseminate information and recommend the most effective media for communicating controversial issues and topics to the Hispanic community.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.
We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience utilizing one or more media to communicate public messages (newspapers, radio, television, or social media); and experience preparing press releases (or news stories) for media.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1). Skilled in analyzing media and public perception and the overall communication plans in reaching targeted audiences.
2). Ability to speak and write in Spanish fluently to serve as the bi-lingual press officer.
3). Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of effective communication.
4). Knowledge in various social media avenues of communication.
5). Skilled in developing and maintaining effective relationships with media representatives, senior managers and program staff.
6). Skilled in evaluating the impact and effectiveness of communication plans.
In addition to the experience and/or education described in this announcement, you must also have the following to be qualified for this position: The ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish.
This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
You can review our benefits at:
Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA
This position is in the bargaining unit.
Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.
EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.
This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.
If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.
You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.
For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application
package is received, go to http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
Documents to be submitted on-line:
--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
--Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating your status eligibility. This SF-50 should include your Position Title, Pay Plan, Occupational Code, and Grade or Level. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a status Federal position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
--Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
--If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's web site: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities
If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.
You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.